Stu Ordman’s success as a high school basketball coach helped make a difficult decision a little easier for Regina Athletics Director Bret Jones.
Ordman was selected from a list of about two dozen applicants to be the new boys basketball coach at Regina. Jones confirmed the hiring Tuesday.
“I was a little overwhelmed with the amount of quality applicants that we had for this position,” Jones said. “And as we went through the interview process, it became very clear that what Stu had to offer would be a good fit for us.
“Stu is a tremendous coach, very much attention to detail. He’s very organized, a man that has had great success on the court and has done tremendous things off the court with young people. He’ just what we’re looking for to work with our young kids.”
Ordman moves to Regina after coaching the Cedar Rapids Jefferson boys basketball team for the past 17 seasons, where he led the J-Hawks to the state tournament in 1999, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Ordman inherits a Regina squad that finished 19-4 this past season despite only having one senior who played a significant role. The Regals were led by 6-foot-5 all-state junior forward Drew Cook, who averaged 25 points per game last season.
Ordman replaces Randy Larson, whose contract wasn’t renewed after seven seasons.
“They’re very competitive, and I have respect for coach Randy Larson, and I know that he’s coached them hard, and whatever happened there is something out of my control,” Ordman said. “So when the job opened, I knew they’d be competitive and they know how to be successful.”
Jones thinks Regina’s roster helped to draw applicants.
“There is no doubt about it,” Jones said. “It’s not just this team. You look at our Regina High classes and they’re very talented with a lot of numbers. I’m sure that was one of the things that allowed us to attract the pool of candidates that we did.”
Ordman’s wife, Ginny, teaches at West High and they reside in Iowa City. He will continue teaching at Jefferson.
Regina’s centralized campus, which has the grade school, junior high and high school all in the same building, was another factor that convinced Ordman to make the switch.
“If one really wants to develop a program, your younger student-athletes are right there,” Ordman said. “I’ve always strived to do that. I think the opportunity is really good at Regina.”
Ordman began his coaching career at Central High School in Kansas City, Mo., where he coached the varsity girls team for three seasons and the freshman boys team for one season. He then moved to Leavenworth, Kan., and coached the varsity girls team for seven seasons, winning the school’s first state title in 1988 and then repeating in 1989.
Ordman’s next stop was at Northwest High School in Shawnee Mission, Kan., where he coached the varsity boys team for seven seasons from 1991-97, winning a sub-state title in 1993.
Ordman grew up in suburban Chicago and graduated from the University of Iowa.